Bob Baker, founder of Baker Drywall and Triangle Plastering, passed away October 14 after a yearlong battle with cancer. Bob began working as a hod carrier (carried plaster mud before plaster pumps) for Storbeck & Gregory Plastering Co. in 1948. It was at Storbeck & Gregory that Bob learned how to do quantity takeoffs for lath and plastering.
Later, he established
several partnerships across Texas before settling down in Dallas to
establish Baker and Triangle. Bob focused most of his energy on the
plastering division, while passing the drywall branch to his oldest son
Steve, now Baker and Triangle’s CEO.
Bob was able to grow his plastering company to one of
the largest in Texas, completing such significant projects as: Myerson
Symphony Hall, Bass Performance Hall and Lone Star Park.
Baker had strong passion
and knowledge of the lath and plastering trade and remained involved in
the business until the age of 82, serving the industry for 60 years. He
was especially proud of the work done on Lone Star Park because he was
able to see many of his thoroughbred race horses perform there.
Bob’s wife of 58 years, Frances, preceded him in death. He is survived by three sons, six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.